By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Mon., June 18, 2018 WASHINGTON—Donald Trump is facing one of the most severe political crises of his presidency over his decision to separate children from their parents after they have unlawfully crossed the southern border. Concerned about his voter base above all others, Trump has always believed that a hard line on Latino immigration is a political winner even when his opponents are accusing him of cruelty and racism. But this stand has triggered a far broader outcry than usual, drawing emotional condemnation from people who have supported or stayed silent about his other provocative moves. Former first lady Laura Bush, who almost never expresses public opinions, wrote an essay in the Washington Post calling the separations “immoral” and heartbreaking. Talk host Ellen DeGeneres, whose online presence is largely apolitical, wrote on Twitter: “I don’t care what your politics are, we … [Read more...] about Facing broad backlash for separating children, Trump digs in — and lies
By Raju Mudhar Staff Reporter Mon., June 18, 2018 There is a tech-industry joke that whenever Google has a free moment, it launches a messaging service. Nowadays, that could also be said about music services. YouTube Music is the latest, and while it launched in the U.S. four months ago, it is now available in Canada. YouTube’s parent company still has Google Play Music and YouTube Premium (formerly Red), which is its, uh, premium video service offering shows created for it, like Cobra Kai. If you pay for YouTube Premium, you get the other two as well. Makes sense? Not really, I know. Well, they’re Google, they’re supposed to be smarter than us average bears. It does make sense for the company to try to capitalize on music fans, because even though YouTube is a video service, a 2017 report pegged that it accounts for 55 per cent of on-demand music streaming online. YouTube Music, which we got access to last week, looks to be a pretty good … [Read more...] about YouTube Music serves up obscurities and video
By Prof. Darlene Reid Special to the Star Mon., June 18, 2018 Research shows Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — or COPD — can affect more than your ability to breathe. It can also affect your ability to multi-task. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, develops over time and leads to shortness of breath as a person’s airways become inflamed. I study its impact at the Rehabilitation Aimed at Muscle Performance (RAMP) lab at the University of Toronto. An estimated 9 per cent of Canadians live with this disease. The primary cause is cigarette smoking, but it can also be caused by second hand smoke, air pollution and the use of different biomass fuels like wood for heating and cooking, particularly in poorly ventilated homes. Many people with COPD feel that they’re more fatigued than usual. We think some of that’s related to the muscles, but I think some of that fatigue has to do with a “tired” brain. When … [Read more...] about Exercise should work out the brain and the body
By Margaret Talev Bloomberg Toluse Olorunnipa Tues., June 12, 2018 Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was unquestionably a success — for Kim. By credibly threatening the U.S. with nuclear war, he won a one-on-one meeting with the American president — a longtime strategic goal of his family’s regime. And that’s not all. Trump tossed in a suspension of military exercises with South Korea, while China suggested revisiting economic sanctions that the White House credits for the summit. Meanwhile, the president showered Kim with praise, calling the dictator who leads one of the planet’s most oppressive and brutal regimes “smart” and “very talented,” declaring the meeting “a great honour” and saying he trusts Kim. Less clear is what the U.S. got in return. American officials said before the meeting they would insist that Kim agree to the “complete, verifiable … [Read more...] about Donald Trump gave a summit to Kim Jong Un but it’s unclear what U.S. is getting in return
By Mitch Potter Foreign Affairs Writer Sat., June 9, 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau was fond of the concept. So too was his son Justin, who pledged to make it happen. And Stephen Harper? He was so taken with the importance of electoral reform that he once described it as “the key to Canada’s survival as a nation.” Yet once inside the halls of power, each managed to shelve the idea of updating our democracy-distorting first-past-the-post electoral system to something more modern that accurately reflects the actual vote. The tyranny of the plurality — that winner-take-all format that awards majority governments a blank cheque to legislate with impunity, often with little more than a third of the electorate onside — never seems quite so bad when you are the winner who took it all. Unlike his federal counterparts, Doug Ford made no such promise on the campaign trail. And so now, with 40.6 per cent support, his Progressive Conservatives … [Read more...] about Will Ontario’s vote results open the door to electoral reform?